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Hand in hand we learn, we grow, we soar

Perseverance

‘I don’t give up and I bounce back from my mistakes.’

Respect

‘I treat others how I would like to be treated.’

Kindness

‘I am friendly and caring in my words and actions.’

Trust

‘I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.’

Courage

‘I rise to a challenge and I am brave.’

Love

‘I have love for myself, for others and for God.’

Year 3 / 4

Term 2 - How Humans Work

 

We are excited to welcome you back to Term 2. We hope that you had a lovely half term break and are ready for a new term of learning.

This term has two parts, firstly a Science focus where we will be exploring how the human body functions and the different parts that make up our bodies such as our skeleton and digestive system. We will be building on our investigative skills as we plan and carry out a range of experiments.

The second part of this term is an ICT focus where we will be looking at how to stay safe online, using coding and finding out about the internet. We will use our knowledge of this topic to then develop presentations for the exit point.  
 

Knowledge Organiser - How Humans Work

Literacy

In English this term we are working on three genres of writing: Explanation texts, Myths and Legends and Poems. Our focus this term will be around the following learning objectives:
•    Writing, planning and composing a non-fiction text 
•    Use chronological order and facts and opinions 
•    Writing a narrative using mythical features 
•    Writing in paragraphs.
•    Composing and performing poems aloud 
•    Using alliteration, rhyme and rhythm

 

Teaching of Reading

This term we will be reading ‘The Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher. The book is set around Christmas and together we will meet some new characters such as the elves and the most unusual dinosaur. Please can we ask that you continue to listen to your child read on a regular basis and log it on the GoRead App. We would also encourage you to talk to them about any new and exciting vocabulary that they read. 

Maths

In Maths this term we are working on these areas of the Maths Curriculum: 
•    Addition of three and four digit numbers 
•    Subtraction of three and four digit numbers 
•    Multiplication of three and four digit numbers by single digit numbers 
•    Division by single digit numbers and division facts 

 

If you would like to help and support your child, please encourage them to use TT Rockstars regularly and Mathletics.

P.E.

PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and a Friday. On Tuesday, we will be working on our dance skills and on Friday we will be teaching ball skills through the game of rugby. Swimming will start on Tuesday 9th November for Swans’ class, more details will follow in a letter.

Homework

Homework will continued to be set on a Thursday on showbie and will be due in the following Wednesday. As always if you have any queries or concerns please speak to your child's class teacher or speak to the office to make an appointment. 

If at some stage during the next term your child needs to self-isolate then work will be set daily for them to complete via Showbie. 

 

As always, we are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Best wishes,

The Year 3 and 4 Team

Term 1 - Living Together

 

How lovely it is to welcome you all back to school. We hope that you enjoyed the Summer holiday and are ready to settle back into a new and exciting year at St Bart’s. We have got lots of interesting lessons planned for you.

 

Our first topic is called ‘Living Together’ in which we explore what it is to be part of a community. This topic has a history and a geography focus and will involve us finding out about the importance of local historical figures and learning he important skill of map reading.The question we will be asking is ‘How could we improve our community?’

 

For English we are looking at a story with a familiar setting, focusing upon the skills of description so that we can create a picture in the reader’s mind. We will be using similes, the power of 3 and powerful verbs. Our other genre of writing this term will be writing a non-chronological report.

 

Our Teaching of Reading text is ‘Gangsta Granny’. Ben thinks that his Gran is very boring and doesn’t do much all day. But he finds out that actually she leads a secret life and has lots more adventures than Ben thought, together they decide to embark on their own adventure. We will be making predictions about the text and exploring the relationship between the two main characters. 

 

PE will continue to be on a Tuesday and a Friday. On Tuesday, we will be working on our general fitness levels by taking part in a circuit of activities and on Friday we will be teaching ball skills through the game of football. Swimming will start later this term on a Tuesday afternoon, more details will follow in a letter.

 

Homework will continue to be set on a Thursday on showbie and will be due in the following Wednesday. As always if you have any queries or concerns please speak to your child's class teacher or speak to the office to make an appointment. If you would like to help and support your child at home, please listen to them read regularly and record it via the GoRead App and encourage to use TT Rockstars, Mathletics and Readiwriter.

 

We are always here to help.

 

Best wishes,

The Year 3 and 4 team

 

 

 

 

 

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Term 6 - Scavengers and Settlers 

Welcome back Year 3 & 4, it is so lovely to have you all back after half term as we enter our final term of this year! 

 

Our new topic is a fantastic one to be finishing on, it is called Scavengers and Settlers and is focused upon first settlers. 

During the topic lessons, we will be learning all about the first settlers and how their lives differ to our lives today and looking at how humans have changed over millions of years. We will also be focusing on cave paintings and linking this with our Art lessons looking at drawing Stone Age items from different perspectives. We will also be learning how fossils are formed and creating our own fossils to display. 

 

For English we are looking at a historical narrative the Stone Age Kid, focusing upon using all of the skills we have built upon over the year when writing a narrative. We will be using conjunctions to link ideas in a sentence together, using direct speech and using adverbs of time manner and frequency. Our other genres of writing this term are persuasive writing and creating a balanced argument. 

 

Our Teaching of Reading text is Stig of the Dump, which links closely with our topic, it is a classic book in which the main character Barney makes friends with Stig who is from another time era. We will be looking at the choice of language the writer uses and also how we can compare the lives of Stig and Barney. 

 

For PE this term we are continuing to have Swindon Town teach us on a Tuesday outside, looking at different skills with each class. On a Friday we will be doing rounders focusing upon throwing, catching and being able to hit the ball accurately. 

 

Homework will continued to be set on a Thursday on showbie and will be due in the following Wednesday. As always if you have any queries or concerns please speak to your child's class teacher or speak to the office to make an appointment. 

 

We are so looking forward to our final topic and last few weeks of the academic year, we can not wait to see what amazing things you do especially in our topic! 

 

The Year 3 & 4 Team 

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Term 5 - Feel the Force

We hope you had a good break during the Easter and are excited about our new topic. 

 

It is called 'Feel the Force' and we will be learning about a range of forces including magnetism, gravity and friction. There will be lots of hands on learning about science in this topic including investigating paper helicopters, making air powered cars and water fuelled rockets. 

 

In English, we will be looking at three genres: explanation, balanced arguments and recounts. In teaching of reading this term we will be immersing ourselves in poetry ranging from nonsense to classic. Some of these poems will be sent home via Showbie to practise performing at home. 

 

We will be having two PE sessions this term on a Tuesday it will be a multiskills session lead by a trained coach from Swindon Town Football Club please make sure they wear appropriate clothing and footwear. On a Friday it will be gymnastics, which will be inside.

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Term 4 - Different Places Similar Lives 

Welcome back Year 3 & 4, we are really looking forward to our learning this term. 

 

This term our Topic, 'Different Places Similar Lives' is Geography based, where we compare what it is like to live in different counties around the world. We will be learning about how people adapt their lives to different climates. The children will be using different primary and secondary sources of information to find out more about different countries, 

 

In English, we will be looking at three genres of writing stories from other cultures, balanced arguments and diaries. We will be focusing on using a range of homophones through our writing and our spellings. We will also be using fronted adverbials in our stories as well as using expanded noun phrases to describe settings and characters. 

 

For Teaching of Reading our book this term is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, we will be looking at creating a dairy entry and also linking non- fiction texts to the narrative.  As always, we will be continuing with our Rainbow Reading Challenge and we look forward to awarding more certificates during our Golden Book Assembly. Remember you can add all of your reads onto GO Read, this can be reading independently, to an adult and in class. 

 

We will be having two PE sessions this term on a Tuesday it will be tag rugby please make sure they have warm clothing and appropriate footwear and on a Friday it will be gymnastics, which will be inside.

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Term 3 - They Made A Difference 

Welcome back Year 3 & 4, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We are really looking forward to our learning this term. 

 

This term our Topic, 'They Made A Difference' is History based, where we look at significant people who have made a difference to the world. These might be world leaders, artists, scientists, authors and humanitarians, we will be comparing their achievements past and present. The children will be using different primary and secondary sources of information to find out more about their lives. 

 

In English, we will be analysing the structure of a biography and moving on to writing our own biography based on our research and using a range of language features. These include being able to write in paragraphs and using conjunctions to extend our writing. If you are able to, you may like to research a person of interest with your child using different sources and compile a fact file about this person. 

 

For Teaching of Reading our book this term is the BFG by Roald Dahl, we will be looking at predicting what might happen next, being able to summarise a paragraph and identify themes within the text. As always, we will be continuing with our Rainbow Reading Challenge and we look forward to awarding more certificates during our Golden Book Assembly. Remember you can add all of your reads onto GO Read, this can be reading independently, to an adult and in class. We know that lots of children have had new books over Christmas and we look forward to hearing about what you are reading. 

 

We will be having two PE sessions this term on a Tuesday it will be football with Swindon Town please make sure they have warm clothing and appropriate footwear and on a Friday it will be gymnastics, which will be inside.

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Term 2 - Young Entrepreneurs

 

What a busy term we had in September and October! We hope you enjoyed learning all about Land, Sea and Sky. This term our topic is called 'Young Entrepreneurs'. The aim of this topic is to start a business selling eco-friendly Christmas gifts. We hope to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible by using recycled good where possible. We will be looking for donations of recycled resources that we can use to create our products that we will be designing.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via the email address below:

enquiries@st-bartholomews.dsat.org.uk 

 

Our PE sessions will be both indoor and outdoor this term, on a Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor), so please come to school in PE kit on those days. Please make sure as the weather gets colder you have suitable clothing and footwear.

 

Our homework is going to be set each Thursday and will be collected on a Tuesday, it will include a Maths task using Mathletics or TT rockstars, Spellings using Readiwriter and also a Topic task which will be set on Showbie. As part of the weekly homework please continue to read regularly, we will be reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in class this term. The children are welcome to bring in their own books to read from home if they would like to. 

 

Please find more information about this term with the documents attached to this page: Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Newsletter.

 

We look forward to an exciting term ahead, 

 

Kind regards,

 

The Year 3/4 team

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